Windfarm could be the saving of Lesmahagow peat bog

A rare and neglected peat bog is to be restored as a haven for some of Scotland’s most threatened flora and fauna – if a nearby wind farm goes ahead.

The blanket bog in South Lanarkshire has been extensively damaged by years of commercial forestry, but now it could be saved by renewable energy developers.

Banks Renewables has applied to create a 26 turbine windfarm at Kype Muir and part of the planning application would involve felling a commercial forest.

That would give ecologists a chance to raise the water levels and restore the fragile peat bog, which is a haven for rare plants and animals.

For more on this, see this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette.